Update on the CARES ACT Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Updated as of December 19, 2020:
- Republicans and Democrats are negotiating a potential $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. The proposal includes $250 billion in PPP funding as part of the more $320 proposed for the Small Business Administration. We will keep you updated on this process. Source: The Hill
- According to a Goldman Sachs survey of small businesses, fully 90% of those surveyed have spent all of their PPP funds. Source: CNBC
The SBA has issued some additional guidance on the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which includes the following:
- The Interest rates is now 0.5% (down from 4%)
- The loan maturity is now 2 years (down from 10 years)
- The first loan payment is deferred for 6 months
- No collateral or personal guarantee required
- No SBA or lender fees (we also charge NO fees)
If you’ve applied for CARES Act PPP financing with us, we are working diligently on your file and final underwriting. Complete applications will be processed for funding as soon as April 3rd, 2020.
CARES ACT Paycheck Protection Program
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in the Senate (The “CARES Act”) Paychex Protection Program (PPP) increases the maximum SBA’s 7(a) loan amount to $10 million and expands allowable uses of 7(a) loans to include payroll support (including paid sick and medical leave), employee salaries, mortgage payments, insurance premiums and any other debt obligations.
Please note that all SBA relief funding programs are not the same, nor may they be used for the same purpose. Borrowers should evaluate all programs and choose accordingly.
- No collateral required
- 5% maximum rate
- No fees paid by borrower
- Loans of up to $10,000
- Most businesses are eligible
- No personal guarantee
- No credit score minimum
- 100% SBA Guarantee
- 2 year loan maturity
- For-Profits and Non-Profits
- 6 month payment deferral
- Businesses must be open as of February 15, 2020
CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQ
Can I go to any bank to apply to the Paycheck Protection Program?
Businesses can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender at more than 1,800 banks that already offer Small Business Administration loans, but the program is also expanding to other traditional banks, credit unions, and Farm Credit system institutions.
You will need to check with your local community or commercial bank, credit union, or ask your bank for the loan officer who deals with SBA 7(a) loans and the PPP program.
According to the administration, businesses can go to any existing SBA lenders, as well as any FDIC-insured institutions, credit unions, or financial-technology lenders that have signed up for the program, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Experts recommends that businesses work with banks that they already have a relationship withas it may help speed up the process, as banks are likely to start the loan process first with customers they already know.
When can I apply for a PPP loan?
Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for loans starting on Friday, April 3. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply, according to the Treasury guidelines. Loans will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Will they check my credit?
Based on the available guidelines so far, there is currently no prescriptive guidance on credit requirements.
What documents will I need when applying for a PPP loan?
Small businesses will need to provide documentation (including payroll documentation) "verifying the number of full-time equivalent employees on payroll as well as the dollar amounts of payroll costs, covered mortgage interest payments, covered rent payments, and covered utilities for the eight-week period following this loan will be provided to the lender," per the SBA.
When applying for loan forgiveness, borrowers will need to provide documentation of expenses like payroll, mortgage interest, rent, or utilities in their application.
What if I have other loans outstanding?
There is currently no guidance on whether or not outstanding loans will affect the PPP loan. This really is about trying to get paychecks covered for average Americans—you could have a massive loan facility that you have access to, but that’s not a showstopper," he suggests. "If you are impacted by COVID-19, you can take advantage of this program. The intended recipients are the employees."
The only note is that borrowers will have to certify that they have not and will not receive another loan under the PPP program.
How much can I borrow through a PPP loan?
Small businesses can borrow up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll from the previous year through the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to small businesses intended to help pay their employees during the coronavirus crisis, but payroll is capped at $100,000 per employee, and the loans are capped at $10 million per business.
What can I use a PPP loan for?
Small businesses can use the loan for payroll costs and benefits, including vacation, parental, family, medical and sick leave, health and retirement benefits, and state and local taxes.
The SBA's guidelines state: payroll costs, including benefits; interest on mortgage obligations, incurred before Feb. 15, 2020; rent, under lease agreements in force before Feb. 15, 2020; and utilities, for which service began before Feb. 15, 2020.
How much will I have to pay back?
According to the SBA, the Paycheck Protection Program loan will be "fully forgiven" if the money is used as outlined.
For employers who keep or quickly rehire their employees and maintain salary levels, the loan will be forgiven. However, "forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease."
Decisions on the forgiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program loan will be made within 60 days of forgiveness submission.
The SBA notes the loan has a maturity of two years and a fixed interest rate of 1% (changed from 0.5% on Thursday). Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
How long will it take to get the money?
Unfortunately, at this point, it's unclear how long it will take for businesses to get the money. Experts say that banks and lenders are likely to extend the loan to current customers first, so it may take even longer for those who are not part of the existing network.
A senior government official said the applications will not require SBA approval, and funds could be made available on the same day you apply. However, because of all the issues with figuring back-end repayments and loan forgiveness (and all the due diligence from lenders that may come as part of that process).
What are the fees?
There aren't any fees—the SBA has waived fees for the loan.
What if I've already laid off some of my staff? Will my loan be forgiven?
In order to get full loan forgiveness, companies need to maintain pre-crisis levels of full-time employees. Companies are able to lay off staff while they have the SBA loan, but forgiveness of the loan will be reduced (meaning they'll have to repay a certain amount) in the event they have reduced full-time staff or salaries.
According to the SBA, small businesses have "until June 30, 2020, to restore your full-time employment and salary levels for any changes made between Feb. 15, 2020, and April 26, 2020" for forgiveness of the loan.